36 Things to Do in Connecticut this July Last Updated: June 2022

Looking for something to do in Connecticut in July? Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. Here are some highlights.

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Active Adventure

1. Explore on UTVs. Get behind the wheel of a UTV and take a guided tour through privately owned trails with Backyard Adventure Tours in Canaan.

2. Go tubing. Grab the gang and go splashing down the refreshing and scenic Farmington River at Farmington River Tubing.

3. Embark on a fishing charter. Take a captain-lead fishing trip aboard Captain Seth Sportfishing Fleet, Blue Venture Fishing Charters, Islander Sport Fishing Charters, or  Lucky Strike Charters.

4. Experience waterfront thrills. From ziplining to water obstacles and more, adventure on the water at Club Getaway in Kent and Brownstone Adventure Sports Park in Portland.

5. Play notable golf courses. On a beautiful day, get outdoors and take a swing at these buzzworthy golf courses throughout the state.

6. Take a cruise. Explore the scenic lower Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest and enjoy a narrated public cruise or even a sunset cruise.

Rest & Relaxation

7. Connect with animals. A little time with a furry friend can do a lot for the soul. Detox with a rejuvenating llama walk at Rowanwood Farm in Newtown, meet rescue animals at Ray of Light Farm in East Haddam, or visit gentle alpacas at Lavender Hill Farm in Voluntown.

8. Plan a girls’ weekend by the water. Gather the girlfriends and book a night (or two, or three) at Insta-worthy beach town hotels such as The Surfside in Stratford, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina in Old Saybrook,  Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, or the Whaler’s Inn in Mystic.

9. Get away the green way. Sleep better knowing you’re helping the environment! Escape to one of these certified green hotels across the state.

10. Find a sanctuary. Try peaceful activities such as yoga classes and beekeeping demonstrations on the vast and beautiful grounds of Catharine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Arts, Culture & History

11. Tour architecture. From historic and artistic structures to celebrated works by well-known architects, explore Connecticut’s diverse architectural masterpieces throughout the state.  

12. Find vintage treasures. Go on the hunt for antiques at Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques in Colchester, Tongue in Chique in Bridgeport, Old Saybrook Antiques Center, and other antique shops and centers throughout Connecticut.

13. Take an art walk. Discover a 234-acre tree farm and landscape sculpture park at Hogpen Hill Farms, explore work from local Woodbury artists Arts Alliance of Woodbury Art Walk, admire murals walking in downtown New London, stroll by the river and see award-winning sculpture reflecting the life of Abraham Lincoln in Hartford, or pack a picnic to enjoy large star sculptures by Frank Stella on the grounds of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

14. Enrich your mind. From historic sites to art galleries and even some one-of-a-kind displays, visit a few of Connecticut’s many museums for a truly fascinating experience.

15. Admire Impressionist art. Connecticut was an important creative seedbed of American Impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore Impressionist exhibitions at museums across the state.

16. Attend summer concerts. Enjoy the beat of the music at the summer concert series at Stonington Vineyards, Connecticut’s Old State House, Goodspeed by the River, and these outdoor concert series.

17. Explore the works of Norman Rockwell. See all 323 of the legendary covers created for The Saturday Evening Post by the renowned American painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell at the Mystic Museum of Art’s exhibit, Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post Covers: Tell Me a Story.

Food and Drink Adventures

18. Savor seafood. From clams to lobster, taste all your favorites with a visit to these classic summer seafood shacks.

19. Take a hot dog tour. Whether you like them topped with bacon or a famous hot relish, you’ll find savory flavors at every turn on this Connecticut hot dog tour.

20. Raise the roof. Celebrate summer air and good food at these cool rooftops and other outdoor spots that offer fantastic views.

21. Check out a brewery. Raise a glass and devour good food at breweries like Urban Lodge Brewing, Half Full Brewery, and Two Roads Brewing Company.

22. Eat the “coolest” ice cream. The only thing better than cooling down with an ice cream cone? When the treat looks as good as it tastes. Plan a trip to these Insta-worthy ice cream shops on a hot summer day.

23. Sing with Sea Chanteys. Grab dinner and drinks at the Griswold Inn on Sea Chantey night to experience The Jovial Crew leading the Tap Room in fun sing-alongs, laughs, and an all-around memorable evening.

Family Fun

24. Go out to the ballgame. Take the family to enjoy peanuts, cracker jacks, and home runs hit by Connecticut’s baseball teams.

25. Spend “Summer at the Museum.” All summer long, kids 18 and under get in free at participating Connecticut museums – plan a day trip filled with discoveries.

26. Pick your own blueberries.  July is the beginning of the blueberry season! Pick your own at Buell’s Orchards in Eastford, Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury, and Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme.

27. See fireworks. Nothing says summer like a fireworks show! Find one near you and light up the night.

28. Visit Connecticut icons. Some of Connecticut’s summer spots really deserve an “iconic” status. Plan a road trip to see them all.

29. Find something for the teens. Have a teen who’s not easily impressed by family fun? Have no fear – try these cool spots the whole family will enjoy.

30. Try the state's first water coaster. Quassy Amusement & Waterpark just opened Rocket Rapids, Connecticut's first-ever water coaster. Ride a raft propelled uphill by water jets along more than 600 feet of H2O fun!

Romantic Escapes

31. Travel the Bed & Breakfast Bicycle Trail. Hop on your bikes and take a relaxing ride through this trail, find hidden gems, and book a romantic stay at a B&B along the way.

32. Wine and dine at wine bars. From chardonnay to merlot, take your date to sip their favorite at charming wine bars such as Barcelona in New Haven,  55 Wine Bar in Fairfield, Vinted in West Hartford, Owl Wine Bar in New Preston, and Bernard + Sarah’s in Ridgefield.

33. Tour like locals.  Immerse yourselves in Connecticut cities the way the locals do! Discover new places together and get the scoop on the best spots in Stamford, New Haven, Hartford, and Norwalk.

34. Escape the city. Whisk your special someone away and enjoy summer experiences you just can’t have in the city – from island kayaking to drive-in movies, sunflower fields and more.

35. Picnic in the park. Plan a sweet date night in one of Connecticut's perfect picnic spots.

36. Go stargazing. What could be more romantic than looking at the stars together? Take your special someone to these stargazing spots and watch sparks fly.